Raw, natural caramel that only takes 5 minutes to make!
Just look at this raw caramel paste! Could you ask for a tastier raw natural sweetener that’s unbelievably easy to make? No cooking involved for this caramel! And it makes a great alternative sweetener to sugar or agave, which in my opinion are not a healthy option when it comes to sweetening your food. I love the benefits that come along with immune-boosting dates… they are high in potassium, contain essential vitamins & minerals (vitamin A, magnesium, zinc and selenium), supply slow-release sugars, and are a good source of fiber and protein.
The key to making date caramel is using fresh soft dates. There will be less soaking time involved (if any) and it will turn extra creamy, especially if you use a food processor. I’ve tried making it in my vitamix but more liquid needs to be added and little bits of dates were left behind. I think I’ll stick with my food processor.
Raw caramel can be added to almost any recipe. I especially like adding it to my smoothies, oatmeal or desserts like my Raw Caramel Apples.
- 2 cups dates, (approximately, 36 dates)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
Soak pitted dates overnight or for a few hours.
Add dates, salt, lemon juice, and coconut oil to a food processor or blender (the food processor will make it more creamy).
Process until creamy. Stop food processor and scrape the sides a couple of times.
If the date caramel is too thick you can add a little water to make it thinner.
Place date caramel in a bowl with a lid and store in the fridge for up to 1-3 weeks.
* This recipe was adapted from other amazing food bloggers.
Per 1 serving
Calories 97/ Fat 3g / Carbs 18.6g / Protein .9g / Fiber 2g / Sodium 47mg / Sugar 16g